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The Rocketeer is Being Reinvented in A New Animated Series

Disney Junior is reimagining Dave Stevens' beloved comic book superhero The Rocketeer for a new animated series aimed at children ages 2 to 7.

Set to debut in 2019, The Rocketeer stars Kit, a young girl who receives a mysterious package on her birthday containing the gear and costume of the legendary superhero. With the help of her best friend Tesh and her airplane-mechanic uncle Ambrose, Kit will take up the mantle of the Rocketeer for a new generation.

Each episode of Rocketeer will feature two 11-minute episodes, one of which will contain an original song. Nicole Dubuc, whose recent credits include Transformers: Rescue Bots, will executive produce.

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"We are very excited to introduce The Rocketeer to our young Disney Junior audience," Joe D’Ambrosia, Disney Junior’s senior vice president of original programming, said in a statement. "The vast storytelling found in the original comic books provides the perfect opportunity to create an exciting new adventure series told from a young girl superhero perspective that the whole family can enjoy together."

Introduced in 1982, the original character was Stevens' homage to classic matinee serial heroes. A stunt pilot in 1930s Los Angeles who discovered a mysterious jetpack that enabled him to fly, Cliff Secord fought crime as The Rocketeer. The property was famously adapted by Disney in 1991 as a film starring Bill Campbell in the title role.

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Disney expressed interest in a big-screen reboot as recently as 2016, but there's been no public movement on the project.

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